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Where To Find A Public Swimming Pool In LA When You Want To Beat The Heat

A public swimming pool in Los Angeles.
The Glassell Park public swimming pool reopened on June 14, 2021, after being closed in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
(JuanCarlos Chan/Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks)
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After last weekend’s heat wave, temperatures are expected to remain toasty across L.A. County this week. One of the quickest (and arguably most fun) ways to cool off is taking a swim.

Don’t have a pool? No problem! Many of L.A.’s public pools reopened last month. Here are a few outdoor pools where you can take a dip and cool off. (Click here for a full list and find the pool closest to you.)

All these pools offer open swim Monday through Friday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. through August 14.

Starting on August 15, the hours will change to Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 1 p.m to 5 p.m.

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Pool admission is $1 for children under 17 and adults over the age of 50. It's $4 for adults age 18 to 49.

The pool not your scene? Here are some beaches to check out.

  • Santa Monica State Beach: Along with the beach, you can play carnival games on the Santa Monica Pier or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants along the Third Street Promenade.
  • Puerco Beach: This narrow, south-facing beach in Malibu was ranked one of the cleanest beaches in California by Heal The Bay.
  • El Porto Beach: Located in Manhattan Beach, El Porto is popular among surfers. Arrive early (before 8 a.m.) and you can get free parking in the lot off of 45th street.
  • Dockweiler State Beach: Located near LAX, Dockweiler is a good spot to plane-watch. It’s also one of the few beaches that allow bonfires, so get ready to cozy up and watch the sunset.
  • Venice Beach: Venice not only offers prime beach real estate, it has Muscle Beach and a skate park, which means tons of great people-watching.